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Notification: Standardisation of haematological reporting units
Users of laboratories may seek haematology services from various providers using different electronic reporting systems. There is no justification for haematology laboratories to report the primary test, Full Blood Count (FBC), using differing formats and units of measurement; this is confusing for users and does not enhance patient safety.
At the request of Dr. Ian Barnes (Clinical Director for Pathology, DH), Pathology Harmony has reviewed the current situation, in collaboration with members of the British Society for Haematology, the Institute of Biomedical Science and the UK National External Quality Assessment Scheme for Haematology. The table attached shows the recommendations for reporting units that laboratories should implement.
Realising the communication and IT changes that will be required, a timescale for change is also suggested. The aim is to provide a national, standard set of units of measurement for reporting the FBC including the Haemoglobin Level.